The Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad on Wednesday announced Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (VSRA) as well as the PRL Award for the year 2011 to five scientists for their significant contributions to various fields.
According to officials,the four scientists selected for the VSRA award include N R Patel from Dehraduns Indian Institute of Remote Sensing,Ashwin Gumaste from IIT-Mumbai,Prof Tarun Souradeepfrom Punes Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics and Biswajit Paul from Bangalores Raman Research Institute. Vineet K Gahalaut from Hyderabads National Geophysical Research Institute was selected for the PRL award.
N R Patel was selected to receive the VSRA award in Space Applications for his original contributions in the field of agro-meteorology and in particular for retrieving of crop bio-physical parameters using remote sensing data to quantify primary production.
Ashwin Gumastes selection for the award is in the field of Electronics,Informatics,Telematics & Automation for introducing a novel concept of light trail and omnipresent Ethernet and effective transfer of technology to industry.
The award for space science will be shared this year. Prof Tarun Souradeep was selected for the award for his work in observational cosmology,particularly those associated with data obtained by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe and the recent Planck mission.
The other space scientist to win the award is Biswajit Paul for his contribution in developing new generation X-ray experiments that will be part of future Indian Space missions.
Vineet K Gahalaut was selected for PRL award for his work using GPS system to understand the processes of crustal deformation and occurrence of earthquakes.
The awards would be given to the winners at a ceremony in PRL in August.